Jeremy S. Collie

  • Professor of Oceanography
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Phone: 401.874.6859
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  • Office Location: Rm 237A Coastal Institute Building


Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Collie studied Biology at the University of York in England, where he became interested in quantitative ecology. His Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program combined his interests in benthic ecology with fish population dynamics. Collie worked for three years at the University of British Columbia and four years at the University of Alaska, before joining the faculty of the Graduate School of Oceanography.


I am a quantitative marine ecologist who concentrates on exploited marine fish and invertebrate populations. Obtaining unbiased estimates of animal abundance is the first step in the study of fish population dynamics. I supervise the GSO Fish Trawl Survey, one of the longest continuous records of fish and invertebrate abundance in the world. 

My research focuses on the factors affecting the productivity of marine fish populations: harvesting, climatic variability, trophic interactions and other human disturbance. I fit population models to determine reference levels for overfishing and targets for sustainable fisheries. We are investigating how climate influences the productivity of marine fish stocks and designing harvest policies to react to these climate-induced changes. 

Food-habits studies have been an on-going focus of my lab. Diet data form the basis of a suite of multispecies models, including energy budgets, biomass-dynamics, length-based, and age structured multispecies models. A statistical age-structured multispecies model is being used to inform biological reference points for a set of species in the mid-Atlantic.

Human impacts on benthic habitats, such as off-shore energy development, is another of my ongoing research interests. A 15-year field study s on the impacts of bottom fishing on the benthic communities of Georges Bank, is contributing to meta-analyses of the impacts of bottom fishing in 24 regions around the world.


Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, MIT/WHOI Joint Program 1985

B.S. Biology, University of York 1980

Selected Publications

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Fogarty, M.J. and J.S. Collie. 2020. Fisheries Ecosystem Dynamics. Oxford University Press.

Langan, J.A., D.R. Zemeckis, M.C. McManus & J.S. Collie 2020. Abundance and distribution of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) in a warming southern New England. Fishery Bulletin 118: 145-156.

Gislason, H, Collie, J.S, MacKenzie, B. et al. 2020. Species richness in North Atlantic fish: Process concealed by pattern. Global Ecol. and Biogeography 00: 1– 15.

Zottoli, J.D., J.S. Collie & M.J. Fogarty. 2020. Measuring the balance between fisheries catch and fish production. Marine Ecology Progress Series 643: 145-158.

Friedland, K.D., J.A. Langan, S.I. Large, R.L. Selden, J.S. Link, R.A. Watson & J.S. Collie. Changes in higher trophic level productivity, diversity and niche space in a rapidly warming continental shelf ecosystem. Science of the Total Environment 704, 135270.

Orphanides, C.D., F.W. Wenzel & J.S. Collie. 2020. Diet of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) on the continental shelf off southern New England. Fishery Bulletin 118: 184-197.

Bockus, A.B., C.L. Labreck, J.L. Camberg, J.S. Collie & B.A. Seibel. 2020. Thermal range and physiological tolerance mechanisms in two shark species form the northwest Atlantic. Biological Bulletin 238: 131-144, doi: 10.1086/708718

McConnaughey, R.A., J.G. Hiddink, S. Jennings, C.R. Pitcher, M.J. Kaiser, P. Suuronen, M. Sciberras, A.D. Rijnskorp, J.S. Collie, T. Mazor, R.O. Amoroso, A.M. Parma & R. Hilborn. 2020. Choosing best practices for managing impacts of trawl fishing on seabed habitats and biota. Fish and Fisheries 21: 319-337.

Innes-Gold A, Heinichen M, Gorospe K, Truesdale C, Collie J, Humphries A. 2020. Modeling 25 years of food web changes in Narragansett Bay (USA) as a tool for ecosystem-based management. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 654:17-33.


Fish Population Dynamics (OCG 670)
Fisheries Oceanography (OCG 673)
Ecosystem Based Fisheries Science and Management (OCG 560)
Oceanographic Data Integration I (OCG 350)